The Saviour in the Psalms

I will praise You, for You have answered me, and have become my salvation. The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. Psalm 118: 21- 22 (NIV)

On Remembrance Day each year, we celebrate our freedom from tyranny, oppression and injustice. We also celebrate the memories of those who fought and died for our freedom, because they paid the ultimate sacrifice, in a way that reminds us of Jesus. Our Saviour gave His life for our freedom and deliverance, and for us to have eternal life in Him (Romans 5: 7).

In our study of the book of Psalms, we see that many of them are about praise as well as human suffering and crying to God. Some portions show that life can be difficult, and it is only through God that we cope and thrive in the vicissitudes of life. Many psalms also inspire songwriters to write worship songs that celebrate God’s goodness. Psalm 118 shows the designs of God’s grace in a way that speak of Christ and the New Covenant. It speaks of themes such as “righteousness”, “salvation” and “the chief cornerstone”. Several portions in the New Testament refer to this Psalm, and show that Jesus is indeed our cornerstone (Luke 20: 17, Acts 4: 12, 1Corinthians 3: 11). Although Jesus was initially rejected by His brethren, all humans who put their faith in Him now enjoy the salvation of God. In the same way that a cornerstone is the foundation stone that gives alignment to a building, Jesus is the source of our righteousness, and the only way to understand life is to put our faith in Him. 

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